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Welcome to the Northern Chamber Orchestra

“Musically, it's exceptional… the Northern Chamber Orchestra play with terrific dexterity and panache for conductor Stephen Barlow.

Buxton Festival 2012 / The Guardian


The Northern Chamber Orchestra was formed in the 1960s and has gained a formidable reputation from its engaging and exciting concerts, tackling a wide range of repertoire from Corelli through to Stravinsky and present day composers.  The NCO is internationally renowned from its recordings, of which there are over forty.  The members of the orchestra are distinguished chamber musicians who play as principals with other orchestras and regularly appear as soloists. The Northern Chamber Orchestra is proud to be 'Orchestra in Residence' at Manchester Metropolitan University and Blackburn Cathedral and for its long association with Buxton Festival.

"Under the leadership of Nicholas Ward … the NCO is now one of the best chamber orchestras in Britain… The vitality of the playing, with a lively ensemble, is a great tribute to the corporate talents of the players…"

 Lots to look forward to in 2015 - including concerts in Macclesfield, Warrington and Halton and, of course, Buxton Festival!

NCO's 2014 - 2015 Macclesfield Heritage Centre Season: 6th concert - Saturday 7 March with Stephen Hough, piano 

Hugely popular pianist, Martin Roscoe, joins the NCO at The Brindley, Runcorn - Sunday 8 March 3pm

Our Macclesfield season continues with superb pianists, Stephen Hough, CBE, (March) and Ian Fountain (April) and NCO's very own soloists in May (playing a popular programme of much-loved chamber works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Weber).

Stephen Hough is " of the greatest pianists of our age." London Evening Standard

He will perform Dvorak's Piano Concerto.  We have a limited number of seats left in the Auditorium but plenty of availability in the Balcony. 

Once again, the NCO is the 'Orchestra in Residence' for Buxton Festival; accompanying the main opera productions and presenting its own concerts as part of the festival.

Programme also includes: Mozart Symphony no 38 Prague and Janacek Suite for Strings.

Enjoy a concert of contrasting emotions from four stylistically very different composers: Martin Roscoe performs Mozart Piano Concerto in A major K414.  Programme also includes Haydn Symphony no 44 in E minor 'Mourning' (Trauer); Saint-Saens Havanaise and Janacek Suite for Strings.

Macclesfield concerts start at 7.30pm


Macclesfield Heritage Centre

Concerts start 7.30pm

9.40pm approx end time


The Brindley, Runcorn 

Concert starts 3pm

5.10pm approx end time


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